On World Kidney Day, Manipal Hospitals Champions ‘’ Be Kidney Smart ’’

Bangalore, March 09, 2018: In a bid to increase awareness on kidney related ailments and to instill the importance of early detection, Manipal Hospitals unveiled awareness campaign on World Kidney Day today. Aimed at educating Women in adopting healthy lifestyle for a better quality of life this campaign was flagged off by Ms. MC Mary Kom, Indian Olympic Boxer & World Boxing Champion along with Ms. D. Roopa, IPS Officer, Inspector General of Police & Addl. Commandant General Home Guards & Ex – Officio Additional Director, Civil Defense, Karnataka in the presence of Dr. Sudarshan Ballal, Veteran Nephrologist & Chairman Manipal Hospitals.

Hosts ofother activities were organized at the Hospital to mark this day. Peopleseeking kidney checkups can avail free screening, which will be availablefrom March 8 – March 16, 2018.Additionally women constables will beoffered free kidney tests at Home Guard office premises. Manipal HospitalsMalleswaram unveiled Integrate Dialysis Program & WellWomen Package aimed to improve dialysis outcomes . 

Transplantpatients shared their experience on their journey and life post-transplant.Doctors conducted informative talks wherein expert nephrologist shared somequick tips to maintain healthy kidneys. People pledged to say no to smoking,drinking and junk food. They further pledged to incorporate exercise andhealthy food habits in their daily lives.

 Speakingon the occasion Ms. D. Roopa, IPS, Inspector General of Police & Addl.Commandant General Home Guards & Ex – Officio Additional Director, CivilDefence, Karnataka Said, “There is a saying that Health is Wealth andif Health is lost everything is lost. Women play crucial roles in today’sfast-paced world as they juggle between several things, and they are thebackbone of their family. Therefore, it is even more important that they payattention towards their own health. Kidneys are important for maintainingoverall health. I call upon every women to make a new beginning today. Let usall pledge together that we will make some time for exercise and eat healthy,nutritious and balanced meals. “ 

Speakingon the occasion, Ms. MC Mary Kom , Indian Olympic Boxer & World BoxingChampion said, “Iamextremely delighted to be associated for this noble cause with ManipalHospitals. Woman have to balance between work and personal life and often tendto ignore their own health. I urge all women to pledge to fight against kidneyailments and focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, that should be toppriority. Please do not take your health and kidneys for granted. Eating rightand daily exercise can cut the risk of kidney ailments substantially. “

 Presentat the event Dr. Sudarshan Ballal, Veteran Nephrologist & Chairman, ManipalHospitals said, “Kidneydisease can be controlled and prevented if we understand the circumstances andrisk factors which predispose to it. This goes a long way in preventing apatient ending up on dialysis or requiring a kidney transplant. Earlykidney disease usually shows no signs and symptoms and the only way to know isblood and urine tests. It is only later in the stages of chronic kidney diseasethat one gets symptoms and signs like nausea, lack of appetite, swelling overbody parts and altered behavior at times. The majority of chronic kidneyfailure patients are diagnosed in the last stage as 50% first see anephrologist only in the last stage. It is seen that less than 5 to 10%suffering from end stage kidney disease get opportunity for either a dialysisor transplant. Despite the fact that prevalence of kidney disease is same amongmen and women, unfortunately very few women are treated.”

Hefurther added, “ Isincerely urge women to take charge of their life and modify their lifestyle toinclude regular exercise, good food habits to keep kidney ailments at bay.Sedentary lifestyle, alcohol and smoking are also main culprits of kidneydiseases”

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